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Data Privacy From the Ground Up

Participate and share

Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Wednesday, December 2, 2:45–3:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Linnette Attai  
Whether you are just starting to build your student data privacy program or are looking to improve current practices, this session provides an overview of key federal regulations, state concerns and CoSN's Trusted Learning Environment framework. Complete your self-assessment and leave with a plan to improve data privacy protections.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Devices are optional for engaging with a poll or brainstorming, but participation can also be established via call-and-response with the audience and peer-to-peer interaction.
Topic: Educational policy
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
Systems Designer
  • Protect privacy and security by ensuring that students and staff observe effective privacy and data management policies.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The session addresses the challenges of properly protecting student data privacy across the school system. Participants should walk away with:
- an understanding of key requirements of 4 federal laws
- an understanding of key state student data privacy requirements
- a completed self-assessment of their own school system privacy program
- a roadmap for improvement


The session is broken down into 2 portions:
- 1st Half: Overview of key federal laws and state requirements
- 2nd Half: self-assessment, peer-to-peer discussion, Q&A and collaborative brainstorming to develop structured plans to help each district improve on their privacy practices

Supporting research

The session is based on the presenter's 25 years of experience helping organizations build data privacy programs and improve their practices, along with the CoSN Trusted Learning Environment program, supported by AASA, ASBO, ASCD and 10 other education organizations.

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Linnette Attai, CoSN

Linnette Attai is Project Director for CoSN’s Privacy Initiative and Trusted Learning Environment Program. As President of the global privacy compliance consulting firm PlayWell, LLC, Linnette guides organizations through the complex obligations governing data protection, marketing, and safety. She also serves as virtual chief privacy officer and GDPR data protection officer to a range of organizations. Linnette is a recognized expert in the youth and education sectors and speaks nationally on data privacy matters. She is a TEDx speaker and author of, “Student Data Privacy: Building a School Compliance Program” and for educators, “Protecting Student Data Privacy: Classroom Fundamentals.”

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